Last week I was in the vicinity of a garden I had designed 8 years ago. I had recently heard that the property was for sale and had been sitting empty since my client had moved out-of-state to caretake elderly parents. Driven by curiosity I stopped by. Much to my surprise this little garden has held up!
Retaining walls were built to hold the bank after we excavated for the patio. Originally the slope started just 10 feet from the back door. Not usable, nor a great view from both living room and eating area off the kitchen.
A shade structure allows for comfortable dinning out-of-doors. ( I noticed the climbing plants are no longer on the wall.)
Single slab Crab Orchard stone steps lead to the upper level, alongside which there is supposed to be a waterfall terminating in a small pond…
where presently there are the remains of a temporary Rose Garden .
Utilitarian steps to the compost, pea gravel & lumber are fine for this area.
And finally for ease of maintenance, stepping-stones set into dwarf mondo. Never needs mowing.
Because of the height of the hill, two short walls were erected. One would have looked too much like a fortress.
Without any care at all in this very long, hot, Georgia summer the Annabelle hydrangeas are holding up. They are underplanted with evergreen ferns & Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis) for winter interest.
The stone was selected to blend with the colours of the interior. Rich browns & muted terra-cotta, with pops of orange and yellow.
I hope someone buys this soon, and I hope the rest of my design gets installed or repurposed for another.
Love the hydrangeas and the subtle curves of the stone wall. What is the ground cover in the forefront of the last photo?
Jeff it is a Cotoneaster.
I thought the grass with the stepping stones looked quite poor but now I realise it is dwarf mondo – what is this? I dont think it is something we have in the UK
Helen, Dwarf Mondo is Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nippon’, can’t imagine the UK does not have this.
It must give you a real sense of accomplishment to see that even without care it still has the basics of a great garden. I’m with you. Hope someone who appreciates a garden buys it soon.